The spring with the "tail" goes in the hole just below the large adjuster
hole. This will be on your left (trailing shoe) side as you face the hub.
The leading shoe should be inverted, not mirrored and the spring will go in
the hole below the adjuster slot. The spring is handed and offset to clear
the hub so compare the two springs and make sure the offset is away from
the hub. I assemble them by installing the top spring on both shoes and
slipping the shoes as a pair over the hub and under the the wheel cylinder.
I then slip the botton spring _behind_ the bottom of the shoes and pop each
shoe over the adjusters. Make sure you have the adjuster backed off and
that the wedges haven't fallen out. I also clean and lubricate the wedges
and adjuster screw before reassembling.
At 7:04 PM -0500 9/27/01, Steve Jones wrote:
>Can anyone explain - in terms suitable for an idiot. How to put the damn top
>springs in the rear brakes.
>I have a 74 midget which my 12 year old son is helping with the rebuild
>(takes longer, more fun) and he took the old brakes apart for me.
>Now I'd like to put them back together, It's got two springs, lower one
>seems straightforward. Top one has an extra 'tail' on it that looks like it
>should connect to the handbrake actuating arm.
>My Haynes manual shows a neat photo of the brakes assembled in which of
>course the spring is hidden. and the Moss catalog shows the whole assembly
>un-assembled. The Haynes does not seem to consider replacing the shoes any
>big deal. I know I'm doing something stupid, any clues?
>Steve - 74 Midget
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